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We are currently looking for both singers and instrumentalists !!

At present we practise on Wednesday evenings
at 8 pm at Northgate Church Hall in Warwick.
Practices are open to anyone who would like to attend -
We should like to encourage new members, both singers and players, to join us,
so do come along on a Wednesday evening and find out what it's all about! 
See the 'New Members' page for further details.


Immanuel's Ground Quire at Northgate Church, Warwick - Christmas Concert 2018

                                                Picture - Rachel Conlon


The 15th Mid-Shires' Quires' Day
The Village Hall, Byfield, Northants.
[post code: NN11 6UT ]

Saturday 27th April 2019 - 10.00 am to 4.30 pm - doors open 9.30 am
A Day of West Gallery music by local composers for singers and instrumentalists
Cost 10 per applicant, which includes refreshments and music.
Please bring a plate of cold food to share at lunch-time.
Details and MSQD Booking Form (.pdf) available here
but please also refer to the MSQD page
Please book early, as there is a maximum capacity of 80 people in the Hall.


If you would like any further details, or would like adding to our circulation list,
contact us

Immanuel's Ground is a Quire based in Warwick, was formed in the Autumn of 2001, and draws members from the "Heart of England", which, generally speaking, is Oxfordshire, Northants, Worcestershire and Warwickshire. We also have members from further afield.

As a costumed quire, we sing music from the West Gallery period, ie roughly between 1725 and 1850, this including not only the sacred music sung in rural parish churches, so well recorded by Thomas Hardy in Under the Greenwood Tree, but also secular part-songs, glees and catches, and the popular music of the period, with especial emphasis on local composers and musicians. This is accompanied by a small number of instruments such as would have been found in any village band of that time.

The other part of our repertoire comes from a parallel and living singing tradition in America, and especially New England, that of shapenote music, with its exciting and sometimes unexpected harmonies, kept alive since the time of the earliest settlers. We also include some of the new compositions still being written today. 

We take part in concerts, church services (usually a form of evening service), carols - concerts, services and pub sessions - and are happy to share the music with local choirs by workshops and other participatory events, either on their own or as a prelude to a shared service. Local historical material is included wherever possible.  See where we shall be in the coming months.

We would like to encourage additional players of appropriate instruments (strings, bassoon, clarinet, flute etc),  and singers - particularly MALE TENORS in order to strengthen the lead lines.  Much of the music is tenor-led, i.e., the tune is sung by the Tenors, and the Trebles have a very important counterpoint.

Do come along to a practice and see just how different this music is; details of how to contact us can be found here.

Our repertoire and details of concerts and workshops, etc, can be found here.




Before  &  After

The Quire in 1891                                                                                                         The Quire in May 2016 at Stoneleigh

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When Musick's notes with steps already move
Thro' virtue's paths, and breathe with heav'nly love,
The rapt'rous mind from earthly mansions flies,
And soars aloft above the starry skies
Extract from Thomas Collins' Book of Psalmody
Nuneaton 1774

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